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More than $2,000 raised at Richmond RCMP Gift on Wheels event

Donations will go towards the annual Richmond Christmas Fund.

A Richmond Christmas Fund awareness event raised a generous amount of donations from the local community this weekend.

Richmond RCMP partnered with Lansdowne Centre to host the Gift on Wheels event and raised $2,300 to support Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives (RCRG)'s 90th Richmond Christmas Fund.

Each year, the Richmond Christmas Fund helps low-income residents with grocery vouchers, toys, books, and gift cards during the winter holidays.

“The energy has been very high from past donors and the public alike,” said Ed Gavsie, president and CEO of RCRG.

“Based upon the number of inquiries from clients we are receiving, the need for help will be high this holiday season."

Gavsie added that the organization began receiving calls as early as August for help from the Christmas Fund.

“ The fund-raising and toy drive initiatives are especially important in times of the pandemic and rising inflation. We hope many people will continue to support the Christmas Fund so that Richmond's most vulnerable can celebrate in the spirit of the holidays.”

Visitors were asked to make a donation of $10 or more to take a photo with two supercars decorated as RCMP cruisers and police officers in red serge.

Those who made a donation were also entered into a $100 gift card draw with winner to be announced on Oct. 28.

The annual RCRG Toy Drive will take place on Nov. 19 at the Lansdowne Centre parking lot.